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Collingwood ton as England show resilience

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  • Paul Collingwood (113) hits eighth Test century as England declare at 566-9
  • West Indies captain Chris Gayle had put England into bat on uncertain pitch
  • Gayle is out for 30 as Windies reach 55-1 in reply in the third Test in Antigua
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(CNN) -- Paul Collingwood struck his eighth Test hundred as England lifted their first innings tally to 566 for nine wickets before declaring against the West Indies at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

Collingwood celebrates after his eighth Test century helped put England in a commanding position.

Collingwood celebrates after his eighth Test century helped put England in a commanding position.

Collingwood became the second England batsman to reach three figures in the hastily-arranged third Test.

Skipper Andrew Strauss had earlier powered to 169 -- his 15th Test hundred -- as the tourists looked to put the record straight after their first Test thrashing.

Jerome Taylor briefly threatened to derail the tourists' fine work on the opening day when he took two quick wickets, but Collingwood stood firm to celebrate a 186-ball century during the evening session.

He reached the milestone with a nudge off his pads off spinner Ryan Hinds as England shrugged off the loss of big guns Kevin Pietersen -- he followed Alastair Cook and Owais Shah in contributing half-centuries -- and Andrew Flintoff without scoring in the space of three balls.

England's declaration came when, following some purposeful stiking by Graeme Swann (20), Collingwood was caught off left-arm spinner Hinds for 113.

West Indies had to reach 369 to avoid the follow-on and they suffered an early blow when captain Chris Gayle was caught off Steve Harmison for 30 with the total 45. They were 55-1 at the close of play.

England went into the second day on 301 for three after producing the ideal response to being skittled for 51 in the first Test at Sabina Park.

"We've had a couple of hard weeks, there's no doubt about that," Strauss told PA Sport. "Having been bowled out for 51 in the last Test match, the one thing we wanted to do was come out, play positively, and prove to everyone that as a batting unit we have some good players who can score big runs.

"In that respect it is very satisfying and as captain it was important to score runs and lead from the front.

"I've felt in pretty good form all tour, so I knew if I backed my game plan the runs would come. Thankfully they have."

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